Racing in Bangkok definitely has its own status. Just getting into the racecourse is as competitive as being a tourist in Bangkok, snaking through the ever zealous street vendors surrounding the entrance gates.
One of the common ploys in racing, particularly in Winter on wet tracks, is to put a claiming apprentice up in a relatively weak race, and use that 3 or 4 kilo claim to try to “steal” a win. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
Let’s start with something from Neale Daniher’s inspirational address to the Melbourne Demons at the MCG last Monday. “There’s a saying,” he said ‘when all’s said and done, more’s said than done. And the mark of a person is not what they say, it’s what they do.’
In my opinion, the decision of the Racing NSW Stewards Panel to fine John Thompson $6,000 in the Astronomos case is the most mind-blowingly idiotic exercise of misplaced power I have seen in over 50 years of involvement in racing.
Maurice, Japan’s Champion Miler and six times Group 1 winner commences his initial southern hemisphere season at Arrowfield this year as the 2015 Japanese Horse of The Year plus Champion Miler and Sprinter.
When Under The Louvre won last years Straddie on the redevloped track there was a promise it would be much better in 12 months’ time. Yet tomorrow we find ourselves running the Straddie at Doomben as we did 2 years ago?
Way back in 1945, George Orwell wrote the allegorical novel “Animal Farm” as a satire on Communism. The famous quote at the end of the novel is “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others”.